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Talking to Kids about Emotions { Inside Out Printable Feelings Flash Cards }

Kids Emotions Sadness #PlayNGrow

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PlayNGrow #CollectiveBias The past couple of weeks Ronin's little league baseball team was in the playoffs. The season definitely started with some strong emotions on both of our parts, being his first year playing. But he ended up LOVING it. And as the kids got into a … [Read more...]

How to Help a Friend Who’s Lost a Loved One to Suicide

How to help a friend who's lost a loved one to suicide

I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. To loss a loved one to suicide. So what do you do when a dear friend losses someone they love? You want to be there for your friend, and help them in their time of grief. But it can feel so overwhelming knowing what to do to support them during this loss, because suicide is such a difficult and complex kind of loss. A death by suicide … [Read more...]

New Mom Checklist for Maternal Mental Health Help

New Mom Checklist for seeking help for maternal mental health

I have the hardest time remembering what to say when I visit a doctor. During the days prior to my appointment I spend time thinking about the symptoms and/or feelings that I should address, but when I sit down and face her, much of it just floats away. The stress of that day presses in.  All that I need to get done distracts me. I'm probably checking my phone … [Read more...]

Overcoming Teeth Sensitivity and Dental Anxiety

Overcoming Teeth Sensitivity and Dental Anxiety #sensitivesmiles #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SensitiveSmiles #CollectiveBias I've always had issues with my teeth. Cavities and sensitivity, even when my mom diligently took me to the dentist every six months as a kid. It sucks! But I have to be honest, I hate taking care of my teeth. I know intellectually it's … [Read more...]

How To Find the Right Doctors: Interview Them

This is something that is so critical to remember. Not all doctors are created equal. -->How to Find the Best Doctor for you: Interview Them

Did you know you can interview your doctors? Maybe I'm stating the obvious, but there was a time, at the beginning of my mental health struggles, when I had NO idea I could interview psychiatrists and therapists in my search to find a good one. I always just assumed that whomever I landed on would know what he or she was doing because of that medical degree on the wall. What I didn't … [Read more...]

Peaceful Spaces Amid the Chaos: Appealing to the Senses {Plus DIY Mason Jar Vase}

Creating peaceful spaces amid the chaos by appealing to the senses #smellsclean #ad

A few weeks ago, John went on a business trip leaving me to the job of solo parenting the kiddos. When they were babies I dreaded those trips. The house became a complete and utter disaster. My only adult contact was the UPS guy or grocery store clerk. I had kid(s) attached to me 24/7 ... yeah, it was a LONG time before they both slept in their own beds through the night. And the house was … [Read more...]

Projecting Anxiety in Momhood: Is it Mine or Theirs?

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It happens a lot as a mom with anxiety. My kids are faced with situations that I find overwhelming and I project my own anxiety onto them. Or do I? Ronin has had some struggles with anxiety in his early years. At seven, he's so much more confident than he used to be and has really flourished at school and activities the past few years. But as a youngin' the anxiety was … [Read more...]

Facebook Rolls Out New Suicide Prevention Feature

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Facebook is launching a new suicide prevention feature, and it is so heartening to see social media moving in this direction. Many social media sites have offered ways to "report" suicidal or self harm posts or content for the last few years, but in a new partnership, I believe Facebook is taking things is the right direction. You can now "report" self harm on Facebook, but … [Read more...]

Don’t Just Survive. 10 Tips to Thrive During the Holidays.

Don't just survive Ten Tips to Thrive During the Holidays

The holiday season is truly in full swing, and I am feeling it. Are you? No matter what holidays you and your family celebrate (Happy Hannukah by the way!) this time of year brings so much stress! The to-do list is LONG. Yes I admit, a lot of it is actually fun. But just because something is fun doesn't mean it isn't stressful. It doesn't mean that I won’t have anxiety and … [Read more...]

Sex When Motherhood and Mental Health Shut Me Down

Motherhood, Mental Health and Intimacy #themoodstrikes #ad

.  Intimacy.  These days passion is not something I feel comfortable talking about, much less blogging about. But in my heart, I know that I should, and I had this opportunity to open up for the #Collective Bias #TheMoodStrikes campaign, so I've decided to take the leap [insert horrible anxiety.] To be perfectly honest I've lost much of my drive, … [Read more...]

My “Me Time” Tech Hack and Gift Idea for Mom

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Disclosure: I am a Verizon #MoreSeattle Team Member and received product. All opinions are my own as always. My kids are so LOUD! Seriously, they have an issue with volume control and my anxiety does not like it at all. Especially when they are fighting. And at 7 and almost 5, they fight and play and fight and play a lot. I love seeing them happily play together of course, and really … [Read more...]

Mom Style: Day to Date Night Transition

Mom Style Easy Transition from Day to Date Night

Disclosure: Lee Jeans provided product and will provide the winner with a product of choice. No other compensation was received. This post includes affiliate links. All opinions are my own as always. So yes, I'm a mom. I work from home. I shuffle the kids to and fro, and once in awhile I'm lucky enough to have a date night, or ladies night, or attend a professional event. But during a … [Read more...]

Easy Hairstyles: From Day to Date Night

Easy hairstyles day to date night #ad #heartmyhair

Isn't it a huge pain to style your hair everyday? I have color treated hair (damn you gray roots!) and right now it is super long. I love it, but I keep debating chopping it, especially this time of year with the cold and damp weather because it takes forever to dry. Until recently, the alternative to hacking it off has been saving time by not drying it fully. And … [Read more...]

For Veteran’s Day: Postpartum Support for Military Moms

Support Our Nation's Veterans

Today for Veteran's Day, I would like to send out my heartfelt thanks to the many brave men and women who serve this country, as well as their families back at home. Military moms rock! As a civilian, it's impossible for me to truly understand the pressure and stress of being in the military, or married to a service person. But over the years, I've watched a best friend live … [Read more...]

Becoming Someone Else

Family Halloween Costume Ideas

As children we like to play pretend, be creative and dress up. We love to act silly, bold or brave and become someone else. But once we grow up, that isn't always the case anymore.  I suppose I never grew up because I've always been--even before kids--the one at the office dressed up on Halloween. It's always been one of my favorite holidays. Even if not a single other … [Read more...]